Symphonies Nos. 6/8

Beethoven cycle IV

The Wiener Symphoniker to release Part 4 of their first Beethoven cycle

In February 2019, the penultimate part of the Wiener Symphoniker’s first recorded Beethoven cycle appeared with Symphonies No. 6 and 8. This CD is the continuation of the orchestra’s Road to Beethoven project, an undertaking in preparation of the 250th anniversary of the birth of the Viennese by choice and patriarch of classical music in 2020.  

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Huge success of the respective releases

Following the huge success of the respective releases of the cycle so far, the expectations are high indeed. The third part featuring Symphonies No. 2 and 7 received numerous accolades and ranked high in the annual best lists of international critics. The German classical music magazine Concerti, for instance, praised: “There, Philippe Jordan with the Wiener Symphoniker succeeded in creating something amazing: The symbiosis of the fine Viennese sound and the directness and transparency of historical performance practice, dynamically flexible and driven by emphasis.”

"For me, this is perhaps Beethoven’s most wonderful symphony.”

Philippe Jordan (c) Johannes Ifkovits

According to Philippe Jordan, the current CD features with the Sixth Symphony the close sibling of the Fifth. “Despite all the external contrasts, such as minor and major, they still show a host of structural similarities”, he said, elaborating: “Almost monothematic opening movements in two-four time where the basic themes are rigorously pulled through but halted in fermatas right at the beginning; extended instrumentation with piccolo and trombones; five-part scherzi passing directly into the finale, but also a clearly enunciated message. After the political utopia with revolution, freedom, liberation in the Fifth, the Pastoral Symphony seeks freedom and redemption in nature. For me, this is perhaps Beethoven’s most wonderful symphony.”

Johannes Neubert, Intendant of the Wiener Symphoniker, added: “The fact that the whole cycle has been received so fantastically well until now can almost be called a unique success story in the long history of the Orchestra. I think Philippe Jordan and his musicians have succeeded in ‘re-discovering’ Beethoven in a fresh and exciting manner.”

Beethoven 6_8 Cover

Worldwide fame for its Viennese sound style

The Wiener Symphoniker wrote music history with the premieres of works by Bruckner, Ravel and Schönberg. Under the direction of such illustrious conductors as Wilhelm Furtwängler, Herbert von Karajan, Carlo Maria Giulini or Georges Prêtre, it gained worldwide fame for its Viennese sound style. In light of this more than hundred-year magnificent history, it is all the more astonishing that the Orchestra has never so far recorded Beethoven’s nine symphonies, which are often described as the peak of the symphonic repertoire.

Recorded in the Wiener Musikverein

This gap in the Orchestra’s discography has been in the process of being closed since autumn 2017: The Orchestra is releasing all nine symphonies of the great Viennese by choice at half-yearly intervals on a total of five CDs. The whole cycle will then be available on the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth in 2020. They were recorded live under the direction of Music Director Philippe Jordan in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein during an acclaimed cycle in spring/summer 2017. The CD appeared in Germany, Austria and Switzerland on 15th February 2019, and in the rest of Europe and the USA at the end of February. 

Beethoven 6_8 Philippe Jordan
Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 6/8
Beethoven 1_3 Cover
Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1/3
Beethoven 2_7 Cover Philippe Jordan
Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 2/7
Beethoven 4/5
Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 4/5
Proben Beethoven Zyklus (c) Johannes Ifkovits 4
The Beethoven cycle on CD

The Road to Beethoven

For the first time in their history, the Wiener Symphoniker will release a complete Beethoven symphonies cycle on CD. The full cycle will be completed just in time for the 250th anniversary of the birth of Beethoven in 2020.

Philippe Jordan (c) Julia Wesely
Wiener Konzerthaus

Beethoven Cycle 2017/18

When Philippe Jordan took over as Music Director of the Wiener Symphoniker, he expressly stated that he wanted to programme a Beethoven cycle with the orchestra. Starting on December 30 all nine symphonies will be performed at the Wiener Konzerthaus.

Seit Orchestergründung im Jahr 1900

Die 10 meistgespielten Werke Beethovens durch die Wiener Symphoniker

Welche Werke Beethovens haben die Wiener Symphoniker seit der Orchestergründung im Jahr 1900 am meisten gespielt?